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Deeds not Words: An Evening with Dr Helen Pankhurst

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On the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote, join us for an evening with Dr Helen Pankhurst – great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst and a leading women's rights campaigner - who will be leading a participatory discussion on women’s lives and feminism, reflecting on the changes in the UK since the right to a parliamentary vote was first granted to some women in 1918. The session will be informed by findings from her book Deeds Not Words.

Deeds not Words

Despite huge progress since the suffragette campaigns and wave after wave of feminism, women are still fighting for equality. Why, at the present rate will we have to wait in Britain until 2069 for the gender pay gap to disappear? Why, in 2015, did 11% of women lose their jobs due to pregnancy discrimination? Why, globally, has 1 in 3 women experienced physical or sexual violence?

In 2018, on the centenary of one of the most significant steps forward for women – the Fourth Reform Act (6 February), which saw propertied women over 30 gain the vote for the first time – Helen Pankhurst charts how women’s lives have changes over the last century, and offers a new way forward. Each of the five chapters within the book explores a different theme; politics, money, family & identity, violence and culture. The voices of both pioneers and ordinary women are woven into the analysis which ends with suggestions about how to better understand and strengthen feminist campaigning and with aims for the future.

Combining historical insight with inspiring argument, Deeds not Words reveals how far women have come since the suffragettes, how far we still have to go, and how we might get there.

About Dr Helen Pankhurst

Dr Helen Pankhurst is a women's rights activist and senior advisor to CARE International, based in the UK and in Ethiopia. She has extensive media experience including national and international radio and print interviews, and was involved in the 2015 film Suffragette. Her work in Ethiopia includes support to program development across different sectors, focused on the interests and needs of women and girls.

In the UK she is a public speaker and writer on feminist issues. She also leads CARE International's #March4Women event in London on the 4th March. Helen is the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, leaders of the British suffragette movement.


All are welcome to attend this free event.

This event will take place before Formal Hall. Although College members are very welcome to attend Formal Hall, there is no requirement to do so. If you do wish to attend Formal Hall too, please ensure that you book through the online booking system.

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